Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Anush Yousefian Hansen

Research Associate

Office Location

404G Wishcamper Center


(207) 228-8217


Education: St. Lawrence University, BA, Environmental Studies 1996; University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences, MS, Public Health/Epidemiology 2001; University of New Hampshire, MA, Counseling 2011.

Anush has been with the Muskie School of Public Service since 2005. She is a member of the Maine Rural Health Research Center, and has contributed to numerous rural health projects focused on behavioral health, active living, food access and healthy eating, childhood obesity and substance abuse prevention. Since 2006, Anush has directed three consecutive Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research projects, investigating how policies, programs and the physical environment can promote walking and biking, and increase access to other opportunities for physical activity in rural communities. Anush has also been involved in several public health program evaluation projects for the Muskie School, including the evaluation of a local Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative, the Maine Colorectal Cancer Control Program, and the Northern Maine Rural Collaborative initiative at Eastern Maine Healthcare.

Anush is particularly interested in how policy, systems and environmental changes can help create sustainable communities that facilitate healthy behaviors among low-income individuals and families. Prior to joining the Muskie School, Anush worked in the Bureau of Environmental Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health and at the Office of Health Promotion Research, University of Vermont College of Medicine.


Date Titlesort descending Type
2010 Access to Mental Health Services and Family Impact of Rural Children With Mental Health Problems Working Paper
2008 Active Living for Rural Youth Research and Policy Brief
2009 Active Living for Rural Youth: Addressing Physical Inactivity in Rural Communities Journal Article
2015 Built Environments and Active Living in Rural and Remote Areas: A Review of the Literature Journal Article
2010 Characteristics of Inpatient Psychiatric Units in Small Rural Hospitals Journal Article
2010 Development of the Rural Activing Living Assessment Tools: Measuring Rural Environments Journal Article
2006 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Activities Funded by the medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Report
2016 Health Information Exchange: A Strategy for Improving Acess for Rural Veterans in the Maine Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program Working Paper
2010 Mental Health Problems Have Considerable Impact on Rural Children and Their Families Research and Policy Brief
2009 Mental Health Services in Rural Jails Research and Policy Brief
2010 Mental Health Services in Rural Jails Working Paper
2006 Out-of-Pocket Health Spending and the Rural Underinsured Journal Article
2016 Pilot Testing a Rural Health Clinic Quality Measurement Reporting System Research and Policy Brief
2015 Promoting Active Living in Rural Communities Research and Policy Brief
2006 Review of State Flex Program Plans 2004-2005 Report
2010 Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) Toolkit: Codebook and Assessment Tools Web Page
2015 Rural and Remote Food Environments and Obesity Journal Article
2017 Rural Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Strategies: The Experience in Four States Research and Policy Brief
2013 Telemental Health in Today's Rural Health System Research and Policy Brief
2015 Understanding the Business Case for Telemental Health in Rural Communities Journal Article
2011 Understanding the Rural Food Environment--Perspectives of Low-Income Parents Journal Article
2007 Use of Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms by Patients with Mental Health Symptoms Journal Article
2005 Use of Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms by Patients with Mental Health Symptoms Journal Article